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This week's highlights In a week that saw the S&P 500 push to new highs and the S&P/ASX 200 near its pre-pandemic peak, the top performing equity funds were Australian technology fund ATEC, global healthcare fund DRUG, gold miner fund MNRS and battery technology fund ACDC. China and India funds were amongst the biggest decliners, with CETF, IIND, ASIA and NDIA all dropping by 2% or more. Precious metals were mixed, with palladium (ETPMPD) and silver (ETPMAG) amongst the week’s top performing funds. Gold was relatively flat, while platinum (ETPMPT) declined. Oil fund OOO was the week’s overall top performing fund, returning 6.4%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $302m, while outflows totalled $164m. Active bond funds BNDS and XARO saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by broad equity funds IOZ and IVV. Cash fund AAA saw the largest outflows for the week. IOZ was the most traded fund for the week, followed by VAS and AAA. VEU and WVOL saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Tech stocks posted a strong week, with ATEC, FANG and HNDQ all amongst the top performing unleveraged equity funds. Australian small and mid-cap equity funds also outperformed, with MVS, MVE and SMLL all returning more than 3.7%. Leveraged Nasdaq 100 fund LNAS was the overall top performing fund for the week, adding 8.9%. Biotechnology (CURE), clean energy (CLNE), India (NDIA) and China (CETF) were all amongst the biggest decliners for the week. Precious metals were relatively flat, with silver (ETPMAG) gaining 3.4% being the biggest mover. Oil fund OOO was amongst the biggest decliners for the week, dropping 3.5%. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $305m, while outflows totalled $57m. Cash fund AAA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by domestic equity and bond funds IOZ and IAF. Domestic top 50 equity fund SFY saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by AAA and STW. IAF saw above average volumes. ...
This week's highlights Global equity markets marched onwards to fresh highs last week even with a shortened trading week. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) was the best performing fund for the week up 10.2%, while VanEck Vectors Global Clean Energy ETF (CLNE) was up 8.1%. Precious metals were amongst the worst performers, with ETFS Physical Silver (ETPMAG) down 1.9% and ETFS Physical Gold (GOLD) down 1.1%. Total inflows for the week totalled A$226m which consisted of A$305m of inflows and A$76m of outflows. The best inflows on a fund basis were seen by BetaShares Australia 200 ETF (A200) which had A$79.9m of inflows and iShares S&P/ASX 200 ETF (IOZ) had A$31.5m. The biggest outflows were in SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) A$38.1m and iShares Edge MSCI World Minimum Volatility ETF (WVOL) had A$5.2m of outflows. Turnover for the week remains highest amongst vanilla equity ETFs. Vanguard Australian Shares Index ETF (VAS) had A$21.1m of turnover and SPDR S&P/ASX 200 Fund (STW) had A$16.4m. ETFS Ultra Long Nasdaq 100 Hedge Fund (LNAS) provides hedged leveraged target exposure to the Nasdaq-100 in the range of 200-275%. ...
Lesson #1. Gold does well in crises, acting like portfolio insurance Every investor wants an asset that offers downside protection, or insurance of a sort. And preferably one that is not suspiciously complicated or synthetic. Perhaps the major lesson from the coronavirus is that gold can provide this type of insurance as gold historically does well during collapsing equity markets, as the chart below illustrates. Gold has performed well in times of crisis ...
This week's highlights Defensive stocks came to the fore last week as some big technology names took a hit. Infrastructure fund VBLD was the week’s top performing ETF, up 4.3%, followed by consumer staples fund IXI. Global quality (QUAL), income (INCM) and high yield/low volatility (ZYUS) funds were also amongst the top performers. Biotech fund CURE saw the biggest drop for the week, down 6.7%, while gold miners (MNRS), Asia tech (ASIA) and FAANG stocks (FANG) also declined. Precious metals were mixed, with silver (ETPMAG) amongst the biggest decliners, but other metals advanced. The Aussie dollar dropped below US 77c, with strong dollar fund YANK amongst the top performing ETFs and strong AUD fund AUDS amongst the poorest. Total reported flows into domestically domiciled ETFs were $302m, while outflows totalled $98m. Domestic equity fund A200 and cash fund AAA saw the week’s biggest inflows, followed by a range of equity and fixed income funds including XARO, BNKS, SUBD and ILC. Hedged S&P 500 fund IHVV and cash fund BILL saw the largest outflows for the week. VAS was the most traded fund for the week, followed by A200 and IHVV. VAP saw above average volumes. ...
Technology companies’ share prices have hit some turbulence. Thanks to rising interest rates, volatility in the tech sector is picking up. And as the Nasdaq-100 – a popular gauge used to follow the US tech sector – is retreating from its all-time pandemic-induced highs, investors are wondering how to profit from or protect against this influential sector. Nasdaq-100 up days and down days year-to-date Source: ETF Securities, (Dates: 1 Jan - 24 March 2021) ...